I have had an interest in optometry since childhood. As a child, I wore very thick glasses and
could not wait for the day that I could wear contact lenses. Those simple lenses improved my
confidence tremendously! They allowed me to see better in school and perform better in dance
class and sports. They also began my lifetime love of optometry and taught me the difference
optometrists can make in patients’ everyday lives.
As a teenager, I worked for my childhood optometrist to file charts, teach contact lens training,
and fit eyeglasses. Eventually, I earned the job of performing pre-testing on patients and
discovered my chosen career path.
I went on to graduate with honors from the University of Florida while working part-time as
a rehabilitation specialist for blinded veterans. I was rewarded one of four out-of-state seats
at the University of Alabama at Birmingham College of Optometry. I worked in underserved
community eye clinics, performed vision screenings for children with diabetes, observed
surgeries, and was selected for an ocular disease externship at Fort Defiance Indian Hospital. At
graduation, I was awarded the Dean’s Award, the Low Vision Award, and the VSP Excellence
in Private Practice Optometry award. Currently, I serve as the Continuing Education Monitors
Director for the American Optometric Association (AOA) and was awarded the AOA National
Service Award for 2008.
I spent three years as an associate optometrist in a private practice in Pittsburgh, PA before
moving to the bay area. In 2011, I joined Uber Eyes Optometry -- a boutique office with a
wonderful patient philosophy. After practicing all over the country, my favorite aspects of
optometry are still the same: getting to know families, prescribing to improve patient’s lives and
giving children the tools to do better at school.